The choir of Our Redeemer, Penticton, will be performing the music of Joseph Martin, live at Carnegie Hall, on Nov. 26.
Every Sunday when our choir sings, I upload it on my YouTube channel. The choir has more than 80,000 views from around the world. For example, in a village in rural Colombia, South America, there’s a tiny community radio station run out of someone’s house that broadcasts our music.
Since Joseph Martin is one of my favourite composers, we sing several of his pieces. I have three of them on our YouTube channel. Then out of nowhere, I got an email from our church secretary saying that someone had contacted the church to invite our choir to New York to perform a Joseph Martin Cantata live at Carnegie Hall along with other international choirs!
I said to myself, “This can’t be real. Or could it?”
I started researching on the Internet, fact-checking the information provided. Yes, there was a company named Distinguished Concerts International, and yes, there was a Joseph Martin concert at Carnegie Hall on Nov. 26. So I sent an email reply, and 10 minutes later I got a message back thanking me and asking if they could phone me to discuss it further.
When the phone rang, the call display said Distinguished Concerts International.